TNT equivalent


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TNT equivalent

A measure of the energy released from the detonation of a nuclear weapon, or from the explosion of a given quantity of fissionable material, in terms of the amount of TNT (trinitrotoluene) which could release the same amount of energy when exploded.
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intelligence assessments saying the test released 140 kilotons of TNT equivalent, making it larger in explosive yield than the previous five tests combined. 
VPAM BRV 2009 Mine protection 6 kg of TNT (or TNT equivalent) under the front wheel, Protection against lateral wringing (15kg TNT (or TNT equivalent) from 2 m distance in 1 m height).
Luccioni and her colleague Daniel Ambrosini concluded that a bomb carrying between 2,500 to 3,000 kilograms of TNT equivalent that was elevated 50 to 80 centimeters above the ground was responsible for the huge explosion.